Elusive happiness

Sep 3, 2020 | Personal

Can we really achieve a permanent state of happiness.
Should we even try?

The comedian Ken Dodd sang that happiness was the greatest gift that he possessed. He went on to thank the Lord he had been blessed with more than his fair share of happiness.

But how true is this. Can we really achieve a permanent state of happiness. Should we even try?

Happiness is not a fleeting moment of pleasure. Neither is joy, an ongoing appreciation of the present moment, whilst living it up leads only to artificial highs.

Happiness is an inner state of being. It is not generated by external events or conditions. It is, as French philosopher Matthieu Ricard puts it, ‘a state of inner fulfilment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things’.

This puts happiness well within the realm of possibility because we can control our inner self, whereas we have no control over external events.

Happiness is the inner peace and sense of flourishing of an insightful mind free of mental toxins and inner conflicts. It is reinforced by altruistic, outward love and compassion.

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